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U.S.-Africa Leaders Issue Wish Lists, Summit Adds Last-Minute Event

By D.A. Barber, 11:54am AFKI Original

Some African leaders visiting the U.S. posted “wish lists” on the White House summit website prior to next week’s summit events. Faure E. Gnassingbé, President of Togo, said, “Togo and the U.S. may appear to have little in common. The U.S. is a vast country with substantial wealth. My own nation is half the size of the New York City area with a smaller population. What the Togolese share with the people of America is intangible, but fundamental — a high regard for freedom, peace and diversity. These values underpin both our societies.” Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, said, “there is a vast potential for partnership, largely untapped, between Africa and the U.S. I therefore insist on partnership rather than assistance.”

AFKI Commodities Report: Oil Prices Dips On Higher OPEC Output

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Oil prices weakened this week on higher output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and slowing U.S. demand which more than offset worries about the potential impact of new sanctions against Russia and ongoing violence and unrest in the Middle East, Ukraine and Libya. The oil market also appeared to ignore positive economic data from the U.S. and China, the world’s biggest oil consumers.

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit From A Trans-Atlantic-European View

Photo: http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit By István Tarrósy, 06:51am AFKI Original

Although Obama launched many promising programs, such as the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010, the African Food Summit in 2012, and the Power Africa Initiative in 2013 … “these did not move forward thereby entailing any meaningful progress aside rhetoric and political pretension, thus making the Obama Administration a sheer promise-giver not supported by real action.”

10 Critical Legislative Moments In Africa In 2014

Commons.Wikimedia.org By Keren Mikva, 11:03am AFKI Original

As Mozambique worked to reshape its penal code this year, the Parliament initially retained articles from the colonial era that included a “marriage effect” clause – one that allowed convicted rapists to receive suspended sentences if they marry their victims and remain wed for at least five years. Pressure from Amnesty International led to the commission removing the offending article, a throwback to the Portuguese Penal Code of 1886. Many African countries have made headlines this year with groundbreaking laws. Here are 10 critical legislative moments in Africa in 2014.

Ebola-Proof Plane? How The US Will Bring Sick Patients Home

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By Dana Sanchez, 05:32pm

How do you bring U.S. citizens home from Africa who are infected with ebola without endangering others? With an ebola-proof plane. That’s the idea anyway. Efforts are well under way to evacuate two seriously ill American ebola patients within the next few days in a specialized plane, CNN reports. When the plane lands in Georgia with a patient in a microbial containment system, it will be the first time that someone diagnosed with ebola will be known to be in the U.S., according to CNN.

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    President Says Ghana Still West Africa’s Prime Investment Destination

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    President John Mahama insists Ghana remains the preferred investment destination despite economic challenges the country is facing. The President also insists the economic prospects of the country are still bright although there are concerns over economic problems that have resulted in Ghana losing out to its peers in the region.

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    JSE Experiences Biggest Weekly Decline Since March

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    South African stocks fell for the biggest weekly decline in three, joining an emerging-market selloff from Asia to Latin America as disappointing earnings and a debt default weighed on riskier assets. The 164-member FTSE/JSE Africa All Share Index dropped 0.9 percent to 50,917.78, the lowest since June 27, and extending its slide this week to 1.2 percent. MTN Ltd., SABMiller Plc (SAB) and BHP Billiton Plc (BIL) were among the biggest decliners today.

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    Namibia ICT Sector Recognized for Progress

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    The Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, has praised Namibia for its achievements in information and communication technology (ICT). Zhao, who arrived in the country on a familiarization visit on Wednesday and is expected to depart today, yesterday had an audience with the Minister of Information and Communication Technology

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    Will The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Hurt Relations?

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Jim Watson, AFP for Getty Images By D.A. Barber, 02:12am AFKI Original

    Early in 2014, the European Union faced a potential backlash – though it never came to pass – for its summit invitation list. Ahead of the European Union event, the African Union called for a boycott of the summit after hearing that Morocco, not a member of the AU, was invited while Sudan – an AU member – was excluded due to alleged human rights abuses. Critics claim the U.S. could potentially face similar challenges and questions have been raised as to whether some countries will “self-exclude” because of protocol sensitivities towards those countries that were not invited. “There was some talk about that, but I don’t expect that will happen,” Corporate Council on Africa’s Hayes told AFKInsider.

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    17 Things You Didn’t Know About The Ebola Virus

    wi.mit.edu By Mark Rausch, 02:08am AFKI Original

    Researchers believe that one of the greatest sources for Ebola is the fruit-eating bat. A proposed chain of events for human infection is that bat droppings are eaten by terrestrial animals; the animals die and their carcasses are handled by humans who get sick. Humans are not the only species at risk. About a third of gorillas in protected areas have perished from the virus in the last 15 years. Here are 17 things you didn’t know about the Ebola virus.

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    Private Sector Companies Build Bridges With Youth at YALI Summit

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    By Makula Dunbar, 06:17pm

    The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Summit kicked off this week in Washington D.C. The U.S. government program highlights African youth who are making waves in Africa — and holds events, which will ultimately enrich opportunities for the continent’s rising leaders. Voice of America reported that 65 private sector companies spoke one-on-one with youth at the summit about potential business opportunities

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    African Musicians To Push For Agriculture At D.C. Leaders Summit

    http://www.one.org/doagric/stories/yayas-story/ By Dana Sanchez, 04:49pm

    Africa’s top musicians plan to entertain some of its most powerful leaders next week in D.C. with a message of hope for Africa’s youth: do agriculture; it pays. The continent-wide ONE Campaign urges African leaders to adopt better agricultural policies that will help tackle youth unemployment. Artists, including DRC’s Fally Ipupa, Nigeria’s Femi Kuti and D’Banj and South Africa’s Judith Sephuma will travel with Manchester City soccer star Yaya Touré to Washington D.C. with The ONE Campaign to be part of the conversation about the U.S.-Africa relationship, SpyGhana reports.

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    Reel Gardening Partners With Unilever in South Africa

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    By Makula Dunbar, 04:25pm AFKI Original

    Claire Reid, founder of Reel Gardening, introduces her innovative agriculture product which simplifies planting. Included in a biodegradable paper strip is fertilizer, seeds and nutrients that help vegetables grow. In part three of the interview, Reid elaborates on company growth, partnerships and influences.

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